Preconference Workshop

Tuesday | February 20

  1. 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
    Breakfast and Registration
  2. 8:30 AM – 8:40 AM
    Welcome and Introductions

  3. 8:40 AM – 9:15 AM
    Keynote Presentation

    Nuclear strategic deterrence and nonproliferation, along with missile defense and consequence management, are usually considered the mainstays of our nation’s nuclear deterrence strategy. However, strategic deterrence (and missile defense) is not effective against a non-attributable nuclear attack, and nonproliferation will not always succeed. A broader deterrence vision that explicitly includes and elevates the importance of nuclear counterproliferation – as the third pillar of nuclear deterrence strategy - is required for what many consider our most likely nuclear threats. We will broadly examine the threat spectrum and current US nuclear strategy and emphasis, and then focus on current and potential counterproliferation efforts within the NNSA and the three nuclear national laboratories.

    • Chair: Doug Anson Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) domain expert TechSource, Inc.
  4. 9:15 AM – 9:30 AM
    Networking Break
  5. 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    NNSA-National Laboratory Initiatives

    Panelists will discuss current counterproliferation activities and constraints within their organizations, and potential NNSA and national laboratory efforts that could bolster the nation’s ability to defeat the development and/or use of nuclear weapons and improvised nuclear devices by state proliferators and sub-national organizations (at the unclassified level).

    • Facilitator: Doug Anson Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) domain expert TechSource, Inc.
    • Jay Tilden Associate Administrator and Deputy Under Secretary for Counter Terrorism & Counter Proliferation National Nuclear Security Administration
    • G. Andrew (Andy) Erickson Deputy Principal Associate Director for Global Security Programs  Los Alamos National Laboratory
    • Doug Bruder Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Associate Labs Director Sandia National Laboratories
    • Bradley K. Wallin Program Manager, Nuclear Threat Reduction Program National Nuclear Security Administration
  6. 10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
    Networking Break
  7. 10:45 AM – 11:00 AM
    Panel Q&A
  8. 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
    Path Forward: Next Conversation, Other Agency Comments

    The final session will expand the discussion beyond NNSA and the national laboratories to other departments and agencies involved in the counterproliferation mission. Non-NNSA organizations are encouraged to share their views on national nuclear strategy, and their perspective on the role of NNSA and the national laboratories in this mission space. We will also solicit input from all attendees regarding future counterproliferation workshop subjects.

    • Facilitator: Doug Anson Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) domain expert TechSource, Inc.
    • Wendin D. Smith, PhD Senior Policy Advisor to the Commanding General, USSOCOM U.S. Department of Defense
  9. 11:45 AM – 11:50 AM
    Wrap up and Closing Remarks